Spring break is upon us. You’ve done all the research, found the perfect place to stay, loaded the kids’ tablets with hours of entertainment for the flight and now comes…the packing [insert ominous music]. We know that often it’s up to us moms to pack for the entire family, so when it comes to our bag, we end up throwing in random pieces and hoping for the best. Let’s try a different approach this year. Here’s a list of key pieces that will have you looking effortlessly put together on your vacay, whether you’re going to the beach or a more urban locale.
First up, what are you wearing on the plane? The goal for the airport outfit is comfort AND style – and yes both can coexist. Here are the key elements to a stylish yet comfortable travel outfit.
Comfy shoes are a must. And these classic Puma sneaks can be worn with everything. Plus, the platform gives you extra lift without the pain of heels.
Find these cute kicks at Zappos.com.
These ‘Relaxed’ skinnies from Paige let you have your cake (or preferred airline snack) and eat it without feeling like you’re going to bust out of your jeans.
Find these great jeans at Nordstrom.
Loose Tank (or Tee)
I have this simple boyfriend tank from LA Made in 3 colors – no joke. It is the perfect layering piece. If you prefer t-shirts, LA Made has a great pocket tee too:)
This cozy cardigan from Madewell will get a ton of mileage (pun intended) in your wardrobe, and the windowpane pattern plays well with other prints.
You can find this at LA Made Clothing.
I don’t know about you, but I would much rather snuggle up in this adorable scarf from H&M than one of those airline blankets (aagh). Find it here.
If you’re going to the beach…
I have been dreaming of the beach lately…well, I’m always dreaming of the beach. But if you’re lucky enough to be heading to warmer shores, here are a few pieces that will have you looking super chic under the sun. Full disclosure, I’ve been dreaming about these too.
I’m usually a bikini girl myself, but I am feeling the one-piece swimsuit trend that is having a major moment right now. A bonus of this New Zealand one piece – it doubles as a top. Just throw on a maxi skirt, and you’re ready for dinner.
I love a good caftan, and this one from J. Crew can take you naturally from the pool to an al fresco dinner. Get yours here.
Give your aviators a rest, and opt for these on-trend round tortoise shell sunnies. They’re from Target (hello, can you say bargain?) so you won’t feel too bad if they get lost at sea.
Francesca’s Santo Domingo beach tote is so much more fun than a plain old straw bag.
I just picked up this breezy little BB Dakota dress from my favorite local boutique (shout out to SHOP). It has that perfect relaxed beachy vibe.
This Lack of Color boater hat will keep you stylish and protected from those glorious sun rays.
If you’re headed to a more metropolitan area, chances are your agenda is stacked. From exploring museums, parks, and architecture during the day to taking in a show or enjoying an amazing culinary experience at night, you’re going to be busy. And I didn’t even mention all the shopping:) Packing efficiently is essential. I mean, you really need to leave some room for all the goodies you’re sure to pick up on your trip. Bringing items that can perform a double duty is a wise choice. Here are some key pieces that transition easily from day to night and will have you looking like a fashion-savvy urbanite.
These booties from The Archive are comfortable enough for walking the city streets yet sleek enough to dress up for a night on the town.
A leather moto jacket adds instant cool to any outfit. This style from Current Air is so classic and has that “I’ve owned this forever” look.
High Waisted Jeans
These DL1961 Chrissy jeans smooth your midsection and legs while you explore the sights and sounds of the city. The soft black color and frayed hem are so chic, no one will know you’re a tourist.
Fashion girls from NYC to San Fran are rocking the ruffle sleeve trend. This Endless Rose sweater has just the right amount of drama without sacrificing comfort.
Day to Night Dress
This may be the perfect travel dress. Seriously. Wear this with sneakers during the day then booties for a more dressed up look in the evening. Done and done.
For security and ease, a hands-free bag is a must. This Silence + Noise crossbody is big enough to hold your wallet and phone while shopping, yet chic enough for your dressier outfits. Get yours at Urban Outfitters before they are gone!